Anna Rose Mleczko at Spring Street Gallery
Year-round resident and Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Anna Rose Mleczko, will be showing her new work at the Spring Street Gallery with a reception on Saturday, July 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Mleczko will be presenting handcrafted magnetic and hanging sculptures. Her pieces are carefully curated out of local stones, sea glass, copper, driftwood, and metals, that have been piling up in her studio and every nook and cranny in the home she shares with her partner and his two children.
Each piece is hand-drilled and is meant to be interacted with. There are even magnetic sculptures for kids, inspired by the children in her life.
Her inspiration to combine naturally manipulated objects with interior spaces stems from her past work in interiors and photography during her time in Brooklyn, NY. Her deep love for Block Island was passed down to her by her late grandparents, William and Rosemary Middeleer and mother, Susan Middeleer Mleczko.
Her grandfather created a galley kitchen in their house on Cormorant Cove many years ago, made up of collected treasures from Block Island’s coast.
The small kitchen had washed up lobster pots to serve as a hanging wine glass rack that dangled over a dry bar, also made of old lobster pots, driftwood, and tiles he heaved over from Belgium as a young boy.
Block Island stones, sea glass, driftwood, and more of his tiles made up the kitchen’s exceptional counter top and backsplashes. Faded red clay tiles lay uniquely crooked on the ground. The windows faced the old Champlin Farm, Cormorant Cove, and the Great Salt Marsh.
With her sculptures, she aspires to create more interior visions like her grandfather’s galley kitchen that no longer exists and to encourage people to take their time to notice the island’s natural allure right in front of them while they’re here, so they can’t miss something as beautiful as a piece of sea glass or the perfect beach stone.